Mitch McConnell to Defer the Senate Healthcare Vote, Citing John McCain's Surgery

Ivan Schwartz
July 17, 2017

The pressure is on Lee and the handful of other Republican holdouts on the bill meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, because Senate leaders can afford to lose only one more GOP vote. 22 million Americans stand to lose their health insurance under BCRA by 2026 according to a recently released Congressional Budget Office report, including numerous Virginians who have gained coverage because of the ACA.

The GOP senator said she also sees serious flaws in the existing Affordable Care Act. "The House and Senate replacement bills move the system back to a place where healthy and sick people are treated very differently".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will postpone a vote on the Republican healthcare bill while Sen.

Like the prior versions, the most recent bill undermines core provisions of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA). Paul offered the sobering update over the weekend during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday".

Despite personal pleas from Vice President Mike Pence and the Senate's assistant Republican leader, Texas Sen.

The Congressional Budget Office is not expected to release its analysis of the revised Republican health care bill Monday, a Senate GOP aide tells CNN.

The Senate leader had planned action on the controversial bill next week.

Almost every major patient advocacy organization has reached the same conclusion.

The CBO score for the previous version of the Senate bill said the number without insurance would increase 22 million by 2026 compared to coverage under Obamacare.

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The coalition includes the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the March of Dimes, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the AARP and the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society.

The White House said Sunday that Trump was "monitoring what's going on with health care" but did not otherwise weigh in on the growing uncertainty.

At the same time, however, the bill would allow people to use tax-favored health savings accounts to pay insurance premiums.

That left tens of millions of Americans with next to no options for coverage.

She said on "This Week" that she is also concerned about the bill's giving insurers the option of offering bare-bones health plans.

"It was a medical gulag", said Richard Figueroa, former enrollment director of California's plan, which had a long waiting list because demand always outstripped money available for coverage. Trump made no reference to health care Sunday in an angry morning tweetstorm about Hillary Clinton, the Russian Federation controversy and other topics.

The Cruz amendment, offered to placate conservatives, allows insurers to provide plans with fewer benefits that don't meet the necessary list of "essential health benefits" under current law. But that scenario, critics and the insurance groups argue, leaves sick people in sicker, costlier risk pools, meaning higher premiums.

But uniform standards are necessary to ensure equal access to coverage, said Manatt Health managing director Joel Ario, a former insurance commissioner in OR and Pennsylvania.

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